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Ryan Rundown: Speaker calls for GOP to 'unite the clans'

In this week's Ryan Rundown: President Barack Obama had lunch Tuesday with U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan.

It was the first meeting between the two since Ryan became House speaker last year. Topics on the table included the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, Puerto Rico's financial woes and financing the president's proposed "moonshot" effort to cure cancer.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who attended a pre-lunch meeting with Ryan and Obama, shot down the idea of taxpayer-funded relief for the U.S. territory.

Ryan expressed hope legislators could work with the president on reforms to the criminal justice and mental health systems. But the meeting coincided with a House vote to override Obama's veto of legislation that would repeal the Affordable Care Act, emphasizing the rift between the speaker and the president.

And Ryan faced further conflict Tuesday afternoon when he met with House Freedom Caucus members to sell his congressional budget plan. Members of the conservative bloc sought cuts to spending, advocating for a budget that matches 2013 sequestration levels.

Referencing the movie "Braveheart," Ryan told the Heritage Action Policy Summit on Wednesday that Republicans must "unite the clans." He urged conservatives to avoid conflict ahead of the 2016 election, warning internal strife could fracture the party and deliver an easy victory to Democrats in November.

News/features

- Obama and Paul Ryan have a lunch date, but compromise wasn't on the menu

- Obama and Paul Ryan have lunch and consider a wary truce

- Paul Ryan and Barack Obama lunch to search for common ground [Reuters]

- Ryan raises issue of visa waivers in first meeting with Obama [Boyer]

- Obama to hold first meeting with House Speaker Paul Ryan

- Obama, Ryan to lunch at White House Tuesday, with full menu of issues

- Obama to meet one-on-one with Paul Ryan this week

- Paul Ryan faces his first uprising

- Ryan hosts budget meeting with House Freedom Caucus. It didn't go well.

- Paul Ryan calls for unity, less anger from his fractious GOP

- Paul Ryan to conservatives: Put down your arms. I'm one of you.

- Ryan to urge conservative unity

- Paul Ryan tells [Heritage Action] conservatives: It's time to 'unite the clans' [DeBonis]

- Paul Ryan to tea party, 2016 GOPers: We can't be 'angry reactionaries' [Kirkland]

- Paul Ryan invokes 'Braveheart' in call for Republican unity [Walker]

- Paul Ryan calls for truce with conservatives, says Republican infighting benefits Obama

- Ryan huddles with Romney, Walker at Palm Beach [fundraising] retreat

- Ryan to hold reception [in Feb] for endangered Iowa Rep. Rod Blum

- House Republicans to push Puerto Rico bill by end of March

- Speaker Ryan targets health care

- D.C. madam defender has a new target: Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell

- Planned Parenthood calls for Paul Ryan to end congressional investigation of practices

- House Speaker Paul Ryan to speak at Janesville Craig High School

- Alicia Keys calls out Paul Ryan and asks for criminal justice system reform

- Paul Ryan watched a really strange Netflix show

- Paul Ryan's favorite news websites

- Ryan picks Panthers in Super Bowl

Opinion/analysis

- Hrafnkell Haraldsson: Ryan says, 'If we make it an ideas contest, we win.' But to have an ideas contest, you have to actually have some ideas.

- Paul Waldman: Paul Ryan to tea party: You are the problem

- Jennifer Rubin: Paul Ryan woos the gadflies

- Matt Fuller: Paul Ryan to Heritage Action: Can you not?

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